Wise Age and our predecessor is the first specialist 50+ employment agency in London - is a voluntary organisation with charitable objectives that campaigns for the elimination of age discrimination in all aspects of life, particularly employment.

We promote age diversity in the workplace, provide support to older working age adults (50+) seeking work, carry out research, and provide best practice training for organisations wanting to develop employment support services for the 50+ or interested in improving the quality of their existing provision.

Wise Age also campaigns for the active involvement of older people in developing age-friendly cities and services, and promotes intergenerational communication and understanding.

Aims & Objectives

Our aim is the promotion of equality and diversity for public benefit through:

  • The elimination of discrimination on grounds of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief; in particular age.
  • Advancing education and raising awareness of equality and diversity; in particular relating to age.
  • Conducting or commissioning research on equality and diversity issues and publishing the results to the public; in particular, in relation to employment, training and age.
  • Cultivating a sentiment in favour of equality and diversity, with particular reference to age.

Wise Age is currently funded by: 

  • The Trust for London through their support for our Resourcing Older People’s Employment Support (ROPES) training programme and Age & Employment Experts Network (AEEN)
  • The Big Lottery Fund, via Connect Hackney for their programme to reduce social isolation among older people
  • The Department of Work & Pensions for our Age Works programme

Former funders include the European Union through their Lifelong Learning Grundtvig Programme support for our A.C.T. for SHARE and EVOLVE projects.

Find out more about our financial supporters here: Funders.

Wise Age is a Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered No. 8277094.

Registered address: 3 Birkbeck Street, London E2 6JY

Activities

Wise Age is involved in a wide range of activities which aim to improve the situation of older working-age adults. Activities range from promoting intergenerational communication and understanding, campaigning for age diversity in the workplace, support to organisations offering direct support to 50+ jobseekers, and adult learning.

We are engaged with partners both in the UK and from across the EU in developing and sharing best practice in order to improve the availability and quality of support for older adults 50 – 65+ years, not only those seeking employment or self-employment but also older workers who are often discriminated against when it comes to the allocation of training resources.

Our current projects include:

 

A.C.T. for SHARE Project (SHARE) 2013-2015

SHARE is a European transnational project funded by the EU Lifelong Learning GRUNDTVIG Programme. Five partners – from Greece, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and the UK (Wise Age), have been working together to promote intergenerational communication and understanding through broadcasting discussions involving both older people (aged 50+) and younger people (under 25years and not in formal education or training). 

Resourcing Older People’s Employment Support (ROPES) 

ROPES aims to improve the availability and quality of employment support to people aged 50+ in six London boroughs: Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets in the east London; and Lambeth, Lewisham & Southwark in south London. It is a 2 year pilot project which Wise Age is hoping to roll out London-wide from 2016.

Age-Friendly Cities

Wise Age believes older people are key to determining the extent to which cities are age-friendly. As part of the EVOLVE Project 2012-2014 volunteers from Rome, Milan and Turin undertook age-audits of different areas of London during a 4-week stay in the capital in November 2013. In March 2014 six volunteers from London undertook similar surveys during a stay in Rome. Visit our EVOLVE page for further details.Wise Age continues to seek partnerships to further develop work relating to age-friendly cities.

Our Projects

Wise Age is involved in a wide range of activities which aim to improve the situation of older working-age adults. Activities range from promoting intergenerational communication and understanding, campaigning for age diversity in the workplace, support to organisations offering direct support to 50+ jobseekers, and adult learning.

We are engaged with partners both in the UK and from across the EU in developing and sharing best practice in order to improve the availability and quality of support for older adults 50 – 65+ years, not only those seeking employment or self-employment but also older workers who are often discriminated against when it comes to the allocation of training resources.

Our current projects include:

Resourcing Older People's Employment Support (ROPES)

Ropes LogoFunded by Trust for London the ROPES project aims to improve the availability and quality of employment support to people aged 50+ in 19 boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Camden, City of London, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Haringey, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth and Westminster. 

More than 50 organisations have completed the training and joined our Age and Employment Experts Network (AEEN.)


Age Works 

AgeWorks

Wise Age are working with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) in south east and east London to provide 50+ employment support for people who are unemployed and registered on Job seekers Allowance or Universal Credit.

The first contract is with South East London DWP, ran for six months to May 2017 and achieved a 50% success rate.

The second contract is in the East London DWP District (Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets), running for twelve months from February 2017. We'll recruit 58 clients and aim to help at least 23 into work.


Connect Hackney

connect hackney
We are working with Hackney Connect to provide support and training both to large and small organisations in Hackney to help them provide joined-up support to over 50s seeking employment and self-employment. There is also funding to provide direct support to 50+ individual Hackney residents looking for work.  The project will run over a 2 year period, to 2018.
 

 

 

 

Campaigns

As a company with charitable objectives (we are currently seeking charity registration) Wise Age is strictly non-political.

We do however run occasional campaigns focusing on the needs of older working-age adults which seek to raise awareness of the issues and educate policy and decision-makers, the media, the general public and indeed older people themselves about the impact of policies and practice as they affect the situation and rights of older working-age adults.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has published a useful insight into government changes and their impact on the way charities and other not-for-profit organisations can campaign in future.   

 

Wise Age launches Older Workers Charter

Wise Age launches Older Workers Charter as part of our campaign to get the rights of older working age seniors( 50-65+) on the agenda of the Political parties and their candidates at the forthcoming General Election in May 2015.

If you agree with them please link with us and send our Charter onto political parties and their MP candidates with whom you are involved asking them to endorse or respond to these demands. 

OLDER WORKERS CHARTER - KEY POINTS

Government to commit to encouraging Employers to retain and to hire seniors as part of a commitment to age diversity in employment.

As public sector employers, government and local government to take a lead in retaining, retraining older workers and to STOP making the over 50s the first to be made redundant.

Making sure that professional skills are maintained and improved throughout the working life for all employees including seniors (who currently have 50% of the opportunities to be trained as younger workers).

Ensure that working conditions are adapted to the needs and benefit of seniors, recognising that a good ergonomic workplace benefits everyone.

Promote and commit to health promotion programs for older and all workers.
Ensure that older working age employees are given the opportunity to retrain, to be able, if they wish, to have more flexibility in the hours/ days and type of work they do, so benefiting themselves, younger workers and employers alike.

Commit to supporting intergenerational co-operation and knowledge transfer in the workplace, with time seniors sharing their expertise and mentoring younger workers, because when this happens morale, productivity and profitability improves and more younger workers are taken on, as they become more productive sooner

Encourage and support self employment for unemployed / redundant seniors and enable senior professionals to be able to help business start ups and self employment for all.

Provide ongoing funded specialist support to older working age currently not in employment

Support full employment and a living wage for all and combat exclusion for seniors and all groups of the workforce.

Provide help to older age carers ( mainly women 50-65+)to be properly financed, given flexible working and ensure that all carers get their full National Insurance contributions paid

If you have any other suggestions as to what else we as progressive older working age people should be campaigning for please let us know through: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.